Articles in Honors

The Next Great Idea! Student Innovation Achievements Lauded

Change the World Challenge winners announced; Class of 1951 Student Entrepreneurship Award winners also named

Culture Shift

The Change the World Challenge Competition Extraordinary achievements in student innovation at Rensselaer were recognized recently with several hallmark entrepreneurship awards—the spring 2015 and the overall “Best of the Best” in the Change the World Challenge, and the Rensselaer Class of 1951 Student Entrepreneurship Award. The Change the World Challenge competition is a twice-yearly event… Read More

Nominations Sought for Rensselaer Alumni Association 2015 Awards Program

Deadline for submission is May 1

Do you know outstanding alumni or alumnae who volunteer their time in support of Rensselaer? If you do, consider nominating them for one of the Rensselaer Alumni Association’s (RAA) annual volunteer awards, which are designed to recognize important alumni partners for the critical work they do. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 RAA… Read More

President Jackson Advances New Polytechnic During Distinguished Lecture at Vassar

Delivers inaugural Pauline Newman '47 Distinguished Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society

President Shirley Ann Jackson shared her vision for the New Polytechnic—and its unprecedented potential to harness the power of science and technology—at the inaugural Pauline Newman ’47 Distinguished Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society. Held earlier this month at Newman’s alma mater, Vassar College, the lecture acknowledges her contributions in the field of intellectual property… Read More

Wilfredo Colón Named Head of Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Colón seeks to understand the role of protein stability in protein function

Wilfredo Colón

Wilfredo Colón, professor and associate dean of science for research, has been named head of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in the School of Science. “Freddy is well qualified and excited to be leading the department through the coming period of renewal and growth,” said Curt Breneman, dean of the School of Science… Read More

Annual Faculty-Staff Memorial Service April 8

Remembering and honoring our colleagues

Chapel and Cultural Center

The Pillars of Rensselaer invite members of the Rensselaer community, and extended Rensselaer family, to attend the annual Faculty-Staff Memorial Service honoring those faculty and staff who have passed since the last memorial service. The service will be held on Wednesday, April 8, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Chapel + Cultural Center. Active faculty… Read More

Geochemist Morgan Schaller Joins Earth and Environmental Sciences

Research seeks to understand mechanisms responsible for current changes in Earth’s climate


Morgan Schaller has been appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences within the School of Science. Schaller joins Rensselaer from Rutgers University. Schaller researches the history of the Earth system and changes in the climate over long timescales. “Dr. Schaller’s research, which uses sophisticated methods to study how our… Read More

Rensselaer Ranks in Top 25 Undergraduate Schools To Study Video Game Design

Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences program ranked 11th by Princeton Review, PC Gamer Magazine

Game Fest

The Princeton Review has again named the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences program (GSAS) as one of the top 25 video game design programs. Rensselaer is No. 11 on the list this year, moving up from last year’s No. 18 spot. The GSAS program at Rensselaer has appeared on this list… Read More


Recent awards and recognition for Rensselaer’s faculty, staff, and students


Georges Belfort, Institute Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been selected to chair the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), a technological community within the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). SBE promotes the integration of biological principles with engineering, and supports the work of scientists who engineer living cells to create new products or… Read More

Rensselaer Inducts New Members Into Phalanx Honor Society

Celebrating student leadership, service, and devotion to Rensselaer and the community


Twenty-three students have been inducted into the Rensselaer Phalanx Honor Society for 2015. Phalanx honors student leadership, service, and devotion to the university, and celebrates those who have “worked to better the standing of Rensselaer both on and off campus.” New members were selected—or tapped—by the student members of Phalanx during a ceremony on March… Read More

Albany Business Review’s “40 Under 40” Includes Several Rensselaer Graduates

Alumni and alumnae architects, entrepreneurs, developers, and educators recognized

40 under 40

Five Rensselaer graduates have been recognized in the 2015 class of “40 Under 40,” which was announced by the Albany Business Review March 4. The Institute congratulates the following alumni and alumnae: Christopher Borst, M.S. ’99 and Ph.D. ’00, chemical engineering, Associate vice president for G450C technical operations and associate professor of nanoengineering at SUNY… Read More